Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís praised the efforts of coffee mills participating in the country´s Coffee NAMA throughout the year during a small ceremony on December 13th 2017. 49 mills received an award for successfully measuring greenhouse gas and water consumption during coffee production and processing. The award was presented by the Minister for Agriculture Felipe Arauz, the ICAFE´s executive director Ronald Peters, the president of the ICAFE´s board of directors Guido Vargas and Sandra Spies, director of the NAMA Support Project in the scope of the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA.
“It serves the coffee industry to be involved in these projects thinking about two things: to reduce emissions partly to mitigate and additionally sell coffee at a better price.”- Carlos Fonseca National Coffee Institute
“Climate changes, droughts, and changes in temperature greatly affect the sustainability of coffee.”- Sandra Spies Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
“The coffee entering the coffee mill is not the same when it comes out, it has been modified. All this generates emissions.”- Kathia Aguilar Climate Change Department (MINAE)
"A good effect of climate change is that people are starting to change their way of consumption."- William Ernest Inter-American Development Bank
“The NAMA Cafe not only contributes to environmental sustainability, but also to rural development of our countries, through more efficient products on environmental issues.”- Anisorc Brito Ramírez Central American Bank for Economic Integration
"The NAMA Cafe is an important opportunity considering that coffee is a crop that generates a strong impact on social, economic and environmental level throughout the Central American region, generating foreign currency and employment.”- Ángel Murillo Sánchez Central American Bank for Economic Integration
“Yes, we in the coffee sector are totally vulnerable to climate change. Because, due to climate change rainfall patterns are less predictable.”- Victor Vargas National Coffee Institute
“We will have to adapt to new weather conditions, especially in a sector such as agriculture. Coffee producers have to start deciding what plan of action to take.”- Andrea Meza Climate Change Department (MINAE)
“Each agricultural system should try to increase its resistance and resilience to climate change by making certain adjustments in its structure, in the composition of crops and the production system.”- Reinhold Muschler Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center
“The joint effort with MINAE, MAG and the support of the German Cooperation (GIZ) and Fundecooperación is a macro impact. We are getting closer to be fully carbon neutral, institutionally.”- Ronald Peters National Coffee Institute
“There are people who believe that actions addressing climate change must occur only in the field, but we need help, it is not only the responsibility of farmers but the whole world.”- Jaime Salazar Sánchez Coopecerro Azul coffee mill
Costa Rica has the ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2021. Therefore, it has established a number of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to support the country´s efforts in tackling climate change and finding its own path toward low-carbon development. Since the production of coffee is an integral part of the history and identity of Costa Rica and contributes 9 % of the national GHG emissions, a NAMA for the sector was developed.
Proyecto de Apoyo Nama Café